The Ohio Federation of College Republicans apologized to New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for an "unauthorized" fund-raising email Wednesday calling the New York congresswoman a "domestic terrorist" and immediately fired the fund-raising firm that sent it.
Tom Ferrell, a University of Dayton senior from Long Island, said the fund-raiser — which he declined to name — was hired in January to help the organization raise money. But he said the outfit was suppose to send him all solicitations for his OK before emailing them.
"This was never sent to me for approval. I never received it," said Ferrell, a political science major graduating next month.
“This was not something I or the College Republicans would endorse in any way, shape or form.”
Email recipients were told the College GOP needs money "to promote President Trump's agenda on college campuses."
Today, the university said Ferrell improperly used a university mail address to solicit funds and “the student has agreed to discontinue use of this address for this purpose and to remove it from past communications.”
The university's statement also said: “Respect for others is a core value of the university and we emphasize the importance of civil discourse. We do talk with students and offer numerous opportunities to explore issues of dialogue and professionalism in curricula and experiential learning opportunities.”
In a fundraising email today, the @OhioCRs describe @AOC as a “domestic terrorist” — a term often reserved for the likes of Timothy McVeigh and people who kill children in their school classrooms pic.twitter.com/fn8n2pmQOm— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) April 10, 2019
After the college Republicans' email was tweeted by Dave Levinthal of the Center for Public Integrity, Ocasio-Cortez herself replied that such a missive "puts me in danger every time."
This puts me in danger every time.
Almost every time this uncalled for rhetoric gets blasted by conserv. grps, we get a spike in death threats to refer to Capitol Police.
Multiple ppl have been arrested trying to harm me, Ilhan, & others.@GOP, what’s it going to take to stop? https://t.co/vpous77RbT
"Almost every time this uncalled for rhetoric gets blasted by conserv. grps, we get a spike in death threats to refer to Capitol Police. Multiple ppl have been arrested trying to harm me, Ilhan, & others.
"@GOP, what’s it going to take to stop?"
Ferrell said, "We apologized to the congresswoman. We don’t want to wish her harm or anybody else. And we immediately tried to rectify the situation" by firing the fund-raiser and pledging never to deal with the company again.
When the fund-raiser was hired "they said to me try to pick subjects that get more donations." The proceeds were split 50-50.
Ferrell said the college GOP has no idea who is on the fund-raiser's e-mail list, nor how many.
He said he stands by earlier solicitations by the same firm that he approved, which were essentially identical to Wednesday's except for the "AOC is a domestic terrorist" subject line. In one he says, "I need your help to destroy Marxism on campus. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is becoming increasing popular with young people and we need to take action. The next generation needs to know the truth!" Ferrell also referred to students being "brainwashed" on a daily basis and professor who give lower grades to conservative students.
Ohio Republican Party Executive Director Rob Secaur said in a statement: “I have talked with the OCRF leadership team and they are apologetic. There was an oversight on their part, they have corrected the processes they have in place for sending out emails and are committed to moving forward from this.”